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NBC’s ‘Hairspray Live’ Adds Newcomer Maddie Baillio in Lead Role

NBC’s ‘Hairspray Live’ Adds Newcomer Maddie Baillio in Lead Role
NBC’s upcoming “Hairspray Live” has cast newcomer Maddie Baillio as the show’s lead role of Tracy Turnblad, the network announced on Tuesday. Baillio, an accomplished singer and dancer from League City, Texas, with no professional theater experience, won the role at an open casting call attended by nearly 1,000 hopefuls. A sophomore at Marymount Manhattan College, she recently starred as Dracula in “Dracula, the Musical” and Winnifred in “Once Upon a Mattress” as part of the York Theatre Company’s musical theater training program. Also Read: NBC's 'Hairspray Live' Adds Martin Short, Derek Hough Baillio was named 2014 Great American
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Maddie Baillio Is Tracy Turnblad in NBC's Hairspray Live

Maddie Baillio Is Tracy Turnblad in NBC's Hairspray Live
Good morning Baltimore, Maddie Baillio is your new Tracy Turnblad! NBC has cast the Texas native as the spunky teenager at the heart of Hairspray Live. Baillio joins the already cast Jennifer Hudson, Martin Short, Derek Hough and Harvey Fierstein in the live staging of the beloved musical set in 1960s Baltimore, Maryland. The up and coming singer and dancer has no professional theater experience and won the role at an open casting call, beating out about 1,000 hopefuls. She's a sophomore at Marymount Manhattan College. Baillio was named the 2014 Great American Songbook Youth Ambassador and in 2015 she performed with Michael Feinstein at various venues including Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy...
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Angie Harmon And Husband Jason Sehorn Separate, Ask For Privacy

Angie Harmon and her longtime husband, former NFL star Jason Sehorn, have decided to separate.

Angie Harmon, Jason Seahorn Split

Harmon's rep announced her reportedly amicable separation from Sehorn in a statement. “For the sake of their children, they ask for respect and privacy as they navigate this time in their lives," the rep told People magazine.

Harmon, 42, and Sehorn, 43, have opened up in the past about the difficulty of balancing work life and family life, especially since Harmon films Rizzoli & Isles in California, while the family is based in North Carolina. "We don't get out Friday nights early enough to catch a flight home," Harmon told Your Tango in 2011. "So I'm here [in L.A.]. We sometimes meet in Texas, a 2½-hour flight for both of us. I miss my kids, so it's hard, but my children are so understanding."

She added, "You have to be really considerate of each other, really kind to each other.
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Angie Harmon and Jason Sehorn Split

Angie Harmon and Jason Sehorn Split
Angie Harmon and Jason Sehorn are amicably separating after 13 years of marriage, her rep tells People exclusively. "For the sake of their children, they ask for respect and privacy as they navigate this time in their lives," her rep says. Harmon, who stars in the TNT drama Rizzoli & Isles, and the former NFL player got engaged on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 1998, after Sehorn surprised Harmon by walking out onto the set and getting down on one knee. They went on to have three daughters: Finley, 11, Avery, 9, and Emery, 5. In 2011, Harmon, 42, spoke about the difficulties of splitting her time between Los Angeles,
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Angie Harmon and Jason Sehorn Split

Angie Harmon and Jason Sehorn Split
Angie Harmon and Jason Sehorn are amicably separating after 13 years of marriage, her rep tells People exclusively. "For the sake of their children, they ask for respect and privacy as they navigate this time in their lives," her rep says. Harmon, who stars in the TNT drama Rizzoli & Isles, and the former NFL player got engaged on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 1998, after Sehorn surprised Harmon by walking out onto the set and getting down on one knee. They went on to have three daughters: Finley, 11, Avery, 9, and Emery, 5. In 2011, Harmon, 42, spoke about the difficulties of splitting her time between Los Angeles,
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'Fort Bliss' - Not Another War Film

Avoiding the clichés one might expect to abound in a film about a beautiful young mother who enlists not once but twice to serve in Afghanistan, this is a feat of expert script writing and filmmaking.

Between the two stints in the Army, decorated U.S. Army medic and single mother Maggie Swann must renew her relationship with her five-year old son, adjust to her ex-husband’s new live-in and establish a new romance with a blue-eyed Mexican car mechanic, played by Manolo Cardona, who played Santiago in “Contracorriente” (“Undertow”) and is heart-throbbingly gorgeous. And she suffers from recurring memories of her stint in Afghanistan which don’t allow her to sleep much.

Michelle Monaghan who played Maggie Swann reminded me a little too much of Sandra Bullock though she is a good actress, playing the two ends of the emotional spectrum so well that I actually cried with her. Returning home and to Fort Bliss in Houston Texas after a horrendous stint in the army where she served as a medic, unable to sleep much and determined to take back her son, she plays the stoic decorated U.S. Army medic that she has become and yet, to win back her son and establish any other loving relationship, she must (and does) allow her emotions to rule in the end.

The director, Claudia Myers, who also wrote the screenplay was at the screening answering numerous questions afterward in both English and French. She is American but grew up in France. She worked extensively with the military making training movies and wanted to write a story about a woman with a career and family. This extreme situation of a career in the military also appealed to her because the woman had to play such emotional extremes, from not showing emotion in the worst circumstances of war to allowing her emotions for her son and for her lover to have free reign. This is the second feature she has directed after the 2006 Showtime movie, “ Kettle of Fish”.

The film premiered at Toronto Film Festival 2013 and is being sold internationally by Voltage who has sold it for Showgate for Japan and Umbrella for Australia, and Phase 4 for North America. “Fort Bliss” won the Audience Award at the Champs Elysees Film Festival this past June.

If only there were a family-friendly version, I would take my young grandson and his mother to see this as I think a child would empathize with the little boy, played marvelously by Oakes Fegley, if two very hot (and very meaningful) sex scenes were edited out for a family-friendly version.

The sex scenes, however, were great in that each showed the psychological needs of a long emotionally-suppressed military woman and latter the sad and determined lust of her and her lover. That was one cliché less: instead of showing the usual dreamy and loving sex motives of most films, sex revealed the emotional states of people under pressure.

The second cliché avoided was the emotional bond between mother and son. It was a film even a child could respond too, much the way children respond to the story of “Bambi” on film, and yet it avoided any sappiness. And the Army wants to see this story told, despite it showing troubling subject matter like Ptsd, reintegrating into society and sexual assault -- but to their credit they have supported it and helped the film get made in terms of accuracy.

The credits offered thanks to the 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss,American Legion, American Red Cross, Joint Forces Training Base Los Alamitos, CA, Patriot Guard Riders, U.S. Army Public Affairs, Union Editorial and the United Service Organizations (Uso).

Fort Bliss” stars Michelle Monaghan (“True Detective”, “Source Code”), Ron Livingston (“Boardwalk Empire,” “Office Space”), Manolo Cardona (“Undertow”, “Beverly Hills Chihauhua”), Gbenga Akinnagbe (“The Wire”), Emmanuelle Chriqui (“Entourage”) and Pablo Schreiber (“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Orange is the New Black”).

Producers are John Sullivan, Adam Silver, Patrick Cunningham, Claudia Myers, and Brendan McDonald. Executive Producer is Matt Chessé. Cinematography is by Adam Silver with editing by Matt Chessé and Carsten Kurpanek. Original music by Asche & Spencer.

• Winner: Best Narrative Feature at the GI Film Festival

• Winner: Audience Award for "Best Feature - Independent American Film” at the Champs-Elysées Film Festival

• Winner: Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking Honors at the 2014 Newport Beach Film Festival

1 Hour, 49 Minutes / Not Yet Rated

"Fort Bliss" will play day-and-date in theaters and on VOD September 19 and will come out on DVD October 14. This is a film you want to see.
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Anthony Weiner & Ted Cruz’s Excellent Latenight Adventures With Bill Maher & Jay Leno

Anthony Weiner & Ted Cruz’s Excellent Latenight Adventures With Bill Maher & Jay Leno
Ted Cruz and Anthony Weiner don’t see eye to eye on much politically, and they’re at very different stages of their careers. Yet they had one thing in common Friday, as both ventured into the waters of latenight comedy: Cruz, the filibustering Texas senator, appearing on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno;” and Weiner, the disgraced congressman, failed New York mayoral candidate and ready-made punchline, dropping in on “Real Time With Bill Maher.”

Cruz might have become a darling of conservatives and a driving force in the recent government shutdown, but he seemed ill-equipped for Leno, and slightly taken aback by the latenight host’s questioning regarding the shutdown, the Gop emphasis on social issues (Leno has previously articulated a more accepting, libertarian view of gay marriage, for one) and the general vitriol in Washington.

In fact, Leno — who doesn’t really have to worry about losing the
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Ted Cruz alert for Leno's Tonight Show

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz will be making his first late-night appearance on NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (11:35 p.m. Et/Pt weeknights) when he visits on Friday, Nov. 8. The senator will take to the “Tonight Show” couch to discuss the recent government shut-down, the debt ceiling, the gridlock in Washington and the current state of the Republican Party. “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” is from Big Dog Productions in association with Universal Television. Debbie Vickers is the executive producer.
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Sen. Ted Cruz to Make Late-Night Debut on ‘Tonight Show’

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Sen. Ted Cruz to Make Late-Night Debut on ‘Tonight Show’
As the subject of much recent late-night humor, outspoken anti-Obamacare Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is getting the opportunity to turn the tables on the genre. Cruz will make his first late-night appearance on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” on Nov. 8, taking to the NBC show’s couch to discuss the recent government shutdown, the debt ceiling, the gridlock in Washington and the current state of the Republican Party, the network said. And, we expect, the Affordable Care Act. Also read: ‘Anchorman’ Ron Burgundy Returning to ‘Conan’ “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” is from Big Dog Productions in association with Universal Television.
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Us indies hit the Champs-Elysees

Us indies hit the Champs-Elysees
Us in Progress initiative to showcase five features by independent Us filmmakers.

Austin, Texas-based filmmaker Michael Tully’s [pictured] coming-of-age-vacation comedy Ping Pong Summer kicks off the latest edition of Us in Progress on Thursday.

The Us in Progress initiative, hosted by the Champs Elysées Film Festival, will showcase five features by independent Us filmmakers over the coming two days to some 30 European buyers.

Set against the Maryland beach resort of Ocean City, Ping Pong Summer combines a cast of unknown adolescent actors with established big screen stars Susan Sarandon and John Hannah.

The picture was among six recipients last year of a $300,000 grant from the San Francisco Film Society and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. Other projects in that selection included Fruitvale and Short Term 12.

Tully’s previous films include Cocaine Angel, Silver Jew and Septien.

Also screening on Thursday is New York director Leah Meyerhoff’s I Believe in Unicorns about a teenager who runs
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TV on Tap: NBC Gets "Downton Abbey" Creator to Pen a Period Dama, "Arrow" Targets David Anders and Will "Waterworld" Become a Syfy Series?

Yep. Still Happily Divorced, no need to change the theme song.

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Yes! Comedy Central has ordered a third season of the amazing Key & Peele. I just wish Comedy Central would do something to guarantee that we have Luther, President Obama's anger translator for the next four years. At this point Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert aren't enough comedy power to make up for the combined awfulness of today's Gop.

I cringed a little when I saw out host Stephanie Miller in a spot asking viewers to give to the Salvation Army (she and fellow Current host Bill Press are competing to raise more money). Then I read that Miller interviewed Major George Hood of the Salvation Army on her show and let him dismiss the organization's anti-gay history without challenge and it made me really sad. John Aravosis of AmericaBlog has collected stories that illustrate why the organization has an anti-gay reputation.
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Cinema’s weirdest vessels of evil

From man-eating beds to killer clocks, cinema’s full of evil in unexpected places. Here are ten of our favourites…

There are spoilers ahead for some of the films we talk about!

As several decades of cinema have informed us, evil takes many forms. Aside from all the serial killers and ancient demons waiting to either leap out of the shadows and murder us or simply scare us into a weeping ruin, movies are also full of killer cars, malevolent dolls and rampaging animals to contend with.

Given that entire lists could be generated from those menaces outlined above, we’ll be dealing with more obscure manifestations of evil here. The sort of demonic objects you might win on The Generation Game if it were presented by the Devil, or the kind of unlikely scenarios you'd encounter if you were the star of a horror film directed by Benny Hill.
See full article at Den of Geek »

Weekend Meme: The Diary of St. Kurt, Pee-wee Herman Explains Thanksgiving, and Cyndi Lauper Helps Mac Write a Big Check

First off, I’d like to thank snicks for keeping the Memes up while I was slaving away in retail over the Black Friday holiday. I’m completely exhausted, but I’m going to try to dazzle you!

Also, so many of you have emailed, Facebooked, Pm’d and tweeted me birthday wishes, I couldn’t possibly thank you all individually, but please know I do appreciate it.

On to the news, such that it is on a holiday weekend. I’m not really sure that I appreciate the tone over at TV Guide where they are wondering why Glee has become “the St. Kurt show.” Seriously, we all endured a full season of that Puck/Finn/Quinn/Terri baby drama that had nothing to do with the glee club, and you want to whine about three Kurt episodes that are literally “ripped from the headlines?”

Speaking of Glee, they
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"Chaos Reigns" in "Antichrist," "Scott Pilgrim" Rules, and More New DVDs

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A look at what's new on DVD today:

"Antichrist" (2009)

Directed by Lars von Trier

Released by Criterion Collection

From its incendiary debut at Cannes to becoming a cult hit defined by the meme "Chaos Reigns," Lars von Trier's psychosexual horror film about a married couple (Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg) that repairs to a cabin in the woods to grieve over the death of their young son is receiving the Criterion Collection treatment. Video interviews with von Trier, Gainsbourg, and Dafoe, making-of vignettes and a documentary about the Cannes premiere accompany the feature. (Aaron Hillis' interview with von Trier is here.)

"The Battle of River Plate" (1956)

Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger

Released by Hen's Tooth Video

Despite being Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's most financially successful film, it has been a rare commodity in America on home video, where people have had to buy the British
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BBC Proms | Odd One In | Metalocalypse | Sherlock | Mad Men | Must Be the Music and more | The weekend's TV highlights

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BBC Proms | Odd One In | Metalocalypse | Sherlock | Mad Men | Must Be the Music and more

Saturday 7 August

Match Of The Day Live

5.05pm, BBC1

Yes, we hear that grizzly sigh from the football-averse: the season is upon us again. But answer this: would soap fans tolerate a four-week summer break in Corrie or EastEnders? Newly promoted Leeds United face Derby County in an early test that also reminds us how far both teams have fallen since the halcyon era depicted in The Damned United. Tomorrow, Sheffield United visit Cardiff City (live on Sky Sports 1), who'll be looking to shrug off the disappointment of not getting through the play-offs. Football Focus is also back at 12.15pm.

BBC Proms 2010

7pm, BBC2

One of the motifs of the 2010 Proms is a commemoration of the 150th birthday of Mahler; the composer isn't here to enjoy it, but he'd have approved of tonight's programme. His
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The Buzz on Network Pilots, Including Projects from J.J. Abrams, Steven Spielberg, and Brett Ratner(!)

Pilot season is a wonderful time in TV Land; countless fledgling writers and would-be stars compete for the few slots available on the fall network lineup, where the survival rate of new shows making it to a second season is 31%! Recently, both The Live Feed and Deadline put together a report on the series that have risen through the ranks and stand a good chance of making it to air.

After the jump, you’ll find a breakdown of the hottest pilots at Fox, NBC, CBS, and ABC, including projects from producers J.J. Abrams, Steven Spielberg, and Brett Ratner as well as stars Kathy Bates, Forest Whitaker, and William Shatner.

Thanks to The Futon Critic for all the plot synopses and cast information.

Fox: Looking for 3-5 dramas and 3 comedies

Breakout Kings

Plot: “Drama about ex-fugitives who are recruited to work as Us marshals.”

Cast/Crew: created by Nick Santora
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McLaren & Meyer & Rotten & Vicious & me

"I need you out here," Russ Meyer told me on the phone in 1977. It was 6 a.m. He could not conceive that I might still be asleep. "Have you ever heard of the Sex Pistols?"

"No," I said.

"They're a rock band from England. They got a lot of publicity for saying 'fuck' on TV. Now they have some money and want me to direct their movie."

"The Sex Pistols?" I said.

"Their manager is a guy named Malcolm McLaren. He called me from London. He said their singers were big fans of 'Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.' They go to see it every weekend they're in London. It's playing at the Electric Cinema on Portobello Road."

No director except possibly for Stanley Kubrick was better informed than Russ about where his movies were playing. Kubrick used to call specific theaters to complain about light intensity. Russ used
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Whip It | Film review

Drew Barrymore's directorial debut about a teenage girl from small-town Texas who gets hooked on high-speed roller derbies will please fans of Americana, writes Philip French

The bruising sport of high-speed, competitive rollerskating goes back to the 1920s and roller derbies have waxed and waned in popularity ever since. The last occasion I can recall a movie on the subject was in 1972 when Raquel Welch produced Kansas City Bomber, an exposé of the professional business in which she also starred as a roller derby champion torn between love (ruthless manager Kevin McCarthy, the brother of novelist Mary), family (admiring daughter Jodie Foster) and professional integrity.

Drew Barrymore wasn't even born then and Whip It is altogether less judgmental. A warm-hearted, teenage rite-of-passage flick, it stars the attractive Ellen Page (of Juno fame) as Bliss Cavendar, a bright, 17-year-old, high school kid from a Texas small town who comes across
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Spotlight Your Pilot, Blake Neely!

Although he has done a couple of films already (The Wedding Date, The Great Buck Howard), perhaps your more familiar with Blake Neely's work on television series' like Jack and Bobby, Everwood or Eli Stone. Born and raised in Texas, Blake currently resides in La, doing music from the state-o-the-art Cow on the Wall studio. Blake is also one of the specialists to call on when you need music for a new pilot! We' re going to nose around a bit to find out about these movies and shows as well as learn why his studio is called Cow on the Wall (Hint, look on your right!)

What’s your background in music?

My background is that I began playing piano when I was very, very little, and also writing, quote "writing" music when I was very little. I was mostly self-taught because I grew up in a town without much musical education,
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Psycho Bunny's Weekend Rewind 4/5/09

Another week has passed, so you know what that means. Your creepy, chainsaw-wielding rodent friend Psycho Bunny has arrived with a look back at the past seven days in blood-drenched horror goodness. I've taken every story from the past week and broken them down in easy-to-digest tasty little nuggets of terror. Eat 'em up and swallow 'em down, 'cause after this meal, you'll be filled with knowledge and ready to start another wicked week.

Are you ready for Freddy?

Fangoria Entertainment Updates:

Fangoria's Frightfan Filmfest Update! Troma’s Lloyd Kaufman doin’ La Fango con Repo!/Saw’s Darren Lynn Bousman doin’ La Fango con Shannon Elizabeth & Night Of The Demons panel set for La Fango con Jeffrey Combs & Dark House panel set for La Fango con Fangoria Exclusives:

Exclusive comments, photos from Experiment 7 Free Pig Hunt La screening; Exclusive New Trailer! Exclusive Interview & Pics: Leslie Simpson on Straw Man Exclusive
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